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Convert from latitude to intrinsic y coordinates



yIntrinsic = latitudeToIntrinsicY(R,lat) returns the y-coordinate in the intrinsic coordinate system corresponding to latitude lat in the geographic coordinate system, based on the relationship defined by geographic raster R.


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Import elevation data [1] for a region in Colorado as an array and a GeographicPostingsReference object. Find the intrinsic y-coordinate corresponding to a latitude of 39.9539 degrees.

[Z,R] = readgeoraster('n39_w106_3arc_v2.dt1');
yIntrinsic = latitudeToIntrinsicY(R,39.9539)
yIntrinsic = 56.3200

The result means that coordinates with a latitude of 39.9539 degrees fall between rows 56 and 57 of the posting points.

[1] The elevation data used in this example is from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Input Arguments

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Geographic raster, specified as a GeographicCellsReference or GeographicPostingsReference object.

Latitude coordinates, specified as a numeric array. Valid values of lat are in the range [-90, 90] degrees. lat coordinates can be outside the bounds of the raster R.

Data Types: single | double

Output Arguments

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y-coordinates in intrinsic coordinate system, returned as a numeric array. yIntrinsic is the same size as lat.

When a point has valid latitude outside the bounds of raster R, yIntrinsic(k) is extrapolated in the intrinsic coordinate system. When lat(k) is outside the range [-90, 90] degrees, or has a value of NaN, the corresponding value yIntrinsic(k) is set to NaN.

Data Types: double

Version History

Introduced in R2013b